Obama admits mistakes
November 30th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

Obama admits mistakes

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama told GOP leaders behind closed doors Tuesday that he had failed to reach across party lines enough
during his first two years in office, a senior administration official told
CNN. He promised to do a better job of bipartisan outreach in the days ahead,
the official added.

"The president said he had to do better, and the president is ready to do
his part," the official said.

The list of attendees at Obama's long-awaited post-election meeting with
the newly empowered congressional Republicans included Vice President Joe
Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House
Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Boehner, the top Republican in the House, is set to become speaker in January.

Boehner also said Obama told him that he "didn't spend enough time"
working with the Republicans since taking office. The president said after the meeting that he has invited Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to meet with him again several times in the future, including for a Camp David summit - an idea considered by the administration for several weeks.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    For PRESIDENT OBAMA to make such a noble, apologetic admission of not reaching across party lines enough, to the very ones who came out of the GATE dismissing him as their president, rejecting every one of his suggestions, stonewalling him, offering no completed optional ideas, disrespecting the office of the president, taunting him and calling him 'liar', (publicly and to the world) berating even his personal/family lifes choices, and more takes a GREAT MAN! GOD, I hope it doesn't come back to haunt him!!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • grace4me

      You know what? I'm so glad the "honorable liberials" out in their drug induced world they live in (la-la land) did not reject President Bush's suggestions. I'm so happy that President Bush was NEVER "stonewalled" like poor pitiful Barry Obama is everyday from those "racist" conservatives. Wow, I'm very happy that President Bush was not taunted, or called a liar! President Bush and even his family was NEVER berated!!! You stupid hypocrite. Take the log out of your own eye, before you take the speck somebody else eye. Poor Barry...the messiah...no one really understands how utterly worthless he is! Have the seas cleared up yet?

      November 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Notfooled

    @LIZ -– I agree he is a noble man. I really think he is willing to help the people of America. Unfortunately Mitch McConnel is not. Will you look at the way he is looking at President Obama and Eric Cantor. This man despises President Obama. He will not compromise.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:34 am |
  3. Notfooled

    See I was right ! The very next day they say they are not going to agree to any bills unless they get tax cuts for everybody. Some compromise. Fire Mitch McConnel. He is heartless and cold. He has been screwing up this country for two years. He is for himself and the rich friends. He wants to make President Obama a one term president.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  4. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @NotFooled, yes you're EXACTLY right! They made up in their black hearts and evil minds 3 years ago, that they weren't going to go along with anything this president wanted to do! Some even screamed 'he's not my president'! These so-called PATRIOTS and NAYSAYERS DO despise the ground PRES BARACH OBAMA, his family and his dog walks on; they envy and despise him even enjoying the same 'presidential perks', i.e., flying in Air Force One, dinner parties, shows, even living in the WHITEHOUSE, as all others have!

    December 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Notfooled

    @ LIZ-–thank you.
    @grace4me-–You just proved what LIZ and I have been saying. Maybe you're drug induced.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  6. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Notfooled; L O L! Either drug induced or still in recovery rehabilitation where the rest of those 'hateful whinners' need to be!

    December 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Bob

    In like a lion, out like a lamb. This capitulation signals that the promise of change is officially dead. It will be politics as usual. I for one wish that President Obama would stand up and do what the American people elected him to do. You can't work with a party that doesn't want to work with you. We HAD the advantage and rather than stand strong and make things happen, he started caving immediately (anyone remember Public Option?).

    "Yes we can" has turned into "Status quo" and everyone who believed in President Obama has now been betrayed and sold down river. It's a sad, sad day.

    However, maybe the rest of the Democrats will finally stand up and say NO! Maybe I'm hoping beyond hope, but we'll see what happens.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm |